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Hawaii Open Meetings Law Leaves Some Neighborhood Boards Befuddled Kirstin Downey/Civil Beat

Hawaii Open Meetings Law Leaves Some Neighborhood Boards Befuddled

Rules determine who is permitted to speak with who and under what terms. But interpretations differ.

How To Remove Homeless People From A Park? Close It, Honolulu Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How To Remove Homeless People From A Park? Close It, Honolulu Says

Opponents of the city proposal say closing parks is not the answer when better enforcement and maintenance is needed.

Keep The Change: Honolulu Won’t Try To Recover Almost $100,000 It Overpaid Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Keep The Change: Honolulu Won’t Try To Recover Almost $100,000 It Overpaid Workers

Despite a state law that says governments “shall” recover overpayments, Human Resources Director Carolee Kubo says it’s too late and, besides, the city made the mistake.

Mysteries Surround Pay For Top Staffers At Prominent Honolulu Rehab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mysteries Surround Pay For Top Staffers At Prominent Honolulu Rehab

Why did Sand Island Treatment Center report much higher salaries in its tax returns than in bids for state contracts? The rehab won’t say.

Judge: New Kealoha Attorney Is Good To Go Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: New Kealoha Attorney Is Good To Go

Gary Singh has no conflict despite a news report suggesting he did, a federal judge ruled

Family Asks Judge To Overturn Verdict That Cleared Cops In Man’s Death Honolulu Police Department

Family Asks Judge To Overturn Verdict That Cleared Cops In Man’s Death

A federal jury concluded police officers did not use excessive force in their use of a Taser and pepper spray during an encounter with Sheldon Haleck.

Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park Courtesy of Paani Kakou

Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park

A nonprofit would oversee building the free, fenced-in site featuring zip lines, fountains, a snack concession and a police office.

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

The proposal could take unhosted vacation units off the market and allow homeowners to operate bed-and-breakfasts.

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race

Four candidates are vying for an open seat in a district struggling with traffic and the loss of affordable housing to short-term vacation rentals.

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer

The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

The city has removed 34 crosswalks since September 2016, despite protests from some neighborhood groups. 

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated

In a break with past practice, the agency did not release the amounts that companies bid for the work to relocate utilities.